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Digesting a green smoothie can feel as digesting the whole cow.
I love green smoothies. Silky, smooth, tasty, bursting with chlorophyll and the full range of phytonutrients. They are so convenient to take all your daily greens, herbs, protein/collagen, all in one.
Nevertheless, to my own surprise, I’ve felt massive resistance to smoothies for the whole summer. Without being too descriptive here, let me put it simply: I cannot imagine starting a day with a cold green smoothie, as I’m going to suffer the stomach ache for the next three hours. At least. Even tho my skin glows when I’m regular with my miraculous green drink, I chose to respect WHAT MY BODY IS TELLING ME.
Misinterpreting your body’s signs is easy. If you feel the similar way, it doesn’t mean that you should stop eating greens. It might be that your body doesn’t want RAW GREENS. And that’s fine.
Don’t let the wellness influencers, nutritionists, and health coaches make you feel inadequate and out of your own wellness game. The real wellness advocates will NEVER EVER impose their philosophy on you. They will encourage you to find your way! Yes, it doesn’t sell that good because everyone wants a “pill” for every “ill," but that is just the wrong way of doing things and I know that deep down you know that.
You have all you need to learn what works for you and what doesn’t work for you. Begin with a food journal, radical honesty with yourself, and some mindfulness. Write down what did you eat for each meal and how did you feel both physically and emotionally.
There is no such thing that would always fit everybody. If you still believe the opposite, you’ll probably spend a fortune on somebody else’s idea of healthy. In other words, a perfectly styled Instagram photo with a green smoothie in my hand may mean nothing to you, or everything to you. You decide based on your beliefs.
Now, ask yourself - would a glass of warm water feel better in your tummy? If yes, then try to support your digestion by cooking your food. Cooking your food can change your life - said the great Michael Pollan. Take this claim both literally and metaphorically. Become an investigator and use it to get healthier and to strengthen your relationship with yourself.
Here are my 3 ideas on how to greenify your summer without drinking smoothies. Enjoy and feel free to tag me on your Instagram photo when you get to try them!
1. Spinach and green pea pesto - vegan (goes with pasta, risotto, dressing for salads)
2 cups fresh spinach
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup (frozen) peas (covered with hot boiling water)
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
Cover a cup of peas with boiling water and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Remove the water, put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until you get pesto-like consistency. Serve it warm or cold as a dip for your veggies, sauce for the pasta, or dressing for salads.
2. Broccoli bombs (vegan)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup wallnuts
1 small red onion (finely chopped)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp olive oil
150-200 gr chopped broccoli
1. Put seeds and the nuts in the food processor and whizz until they resemble a breadcrumbs.
2. Put all the other ingredients into food processor and blend until they form the paste.
3. Take a spoonful and roll into ball.
4. Refrigirate for one hour and eat them raw OR continue following the step 5 (my personal favourite)
5. Warm the oven at 180C, place the balls on the baking tray lined with parchment paper, and bake until golden. For my oven it takes 20-25 minutes to make them ready, and I turn them once in the meantime.
3. Asparagus with butter, lemon and sage dressing